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Committee selects Webb Johnson to fill Dawes County commissioners vacancy
Committee selects Webb Johnson to fill Dawes County commissioners vacancy

It took just six minutes on Monday morning for a specially-appointed committee to name Webb Johnson to fill the vacant Dawes County district three commissioner opening.

Kimball announces holiday closures and when to let off fireworks

Kimball announces holiday closures and when to let off fireworks

The City of Kimball offices, including the Library and Landfill, will be closed in observance of the Independence Day Holiday on Monday, July 4th. 

NWS says Cheyenne and Kimball County are in a severe drought

NWS says Cheyenne and Kimball County are in a severe drought

The National Weather Service out of Cheyenne Wyoming announced on Friday, June 24th that the dry weather from spring has led to worsening drought conditions across southeast WY and the Nebraskan panhandle.

Commissioner Says Extension Office Important Part Of Dawes County

Commissioner Says Extension Office Important Part Of Dawes County

Dawes County Commissioner Jake Stewart told News Channel Nebraska radio partners, KSCR News, on Thursday that contrary to rumors that have been circulating in recent weeks, the Dawes County Extension office isn’t going anywhere.

Chadron Fire Department battles fire on Old Country Club Road

Chadron Fire Department battles fire on Old Country Club Road

The Chadron Fire Department responded to a grease fire at a home on Old Country Club Road late Thursday afternoon.

Suspect truck driver hits patrol vehicle during motorist assist

Suspect truck driver hits patrol vehicle during motorist assist

Sterling State Troopers announced a hit and run that likely totaled a state patrol vehicle on social media.

Fire officials respond to a wind turbine mishap

Fire officials respond to a wind turbine mishap

A wind turbine in Sterling haphazardly bent in half.

County officials warn landowners of suspicious letters

County officials warn landowners of suspicious letters

County Assessors said they have seen a repeating pattern with land offer letters from an unfamiliar company.

Cheyenne County E3 group plans to grow resources for local Sidney businesses

Cheyenne County E3 group plans to grow resources for local Sidney businesses

A Cheyenne County group labeled E3 meets every two weeks with the goal of keeping their community thriving.

Chadron Police Reminds Residents Of Fireworks Ordinances

Chadron Police Reminds Residents Of Fireworks Ordinances

The 4th of July holiday is nearing and the Chadron Police Department would like to remind everyone of the City Ordinances pertaining to fireworks.

Potter buckles up for the annual Car Bowl

Potter buckles up for the annual Car Bowl

On Friday, June 24th, and Saturday, June 25th, the city of Potter is hosting its annual Car Bowl.

Sam and Louie's donates $750 to Cool Kids Club

Sam and Louie's donates $750 to Cool Kids Club

A local Sidney business donated to a summer program for kids.

Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to host new event in Scotts Bluff County

Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to host new event in Scotts Bluff County

This summer the PRCA is hosting a rodeo in Scotts Bluff County.

Severe weather drops large hail, damages trees and crops in central panhandle

Severe weather drops large hail, damages trees and crops in central panhandle

Severe weather that swept through the central and northern panhandle on Monday afternoon and evening dropped hail over three inches in diameter and produced straight line winds at nearly 60 mph.

Sidney Police Department announce when fireworks are permitted

Sidney Police Department announce when fireworks are permitted

The Sidney Police Department announced the days and times when citizens can shoot off fireworks.

Military Warriors give new Sidney home to wounded veteran

Military Warriors give new Sidney home to wounded veteran

The nationwide program Military Warriors partnered with Wells Fargo to bring their third veteran home in Nebraska.

Spring enrollment up at Chadron State College

Spring enrollment up at Chadron State College

For the first time in six years, Chadron State College’s spring enrollment has increased from the previous spring.

State college trustees approve new agreement with Chadron Police Department

State college trustees approve new agreement with Chadron Police Department

The Nebraska State College Trustees last week approved a new interlocal agreement between Chadron State College and the city of Chadron for a College Resources Officer.

Scottsbluff man pleads not guilty to carrying a hatchet around Bearcat Stadium

Scottsbluff man pleads not guilty to carrying a hatchet around Bearcat Stadium

A Scottsbluff man pleads not guilty to class three felony.

Kimball Street Department is cutting back on tree branches this summer

Kimball Street Department is cutting back on tree branches this summer

The city of Kimball is asking all property owners to cut their branches.

Chadron PD, NSP make arrest in infant death investigation

Chadron PD, NSP make arrest in infant death investigation

The Nebraska State Patrol and Chadron Police Department made an arrest over the weekend in the unattended death of 10 month old Madilynn Lenhart.

Sunol man facing felony charges after shooting firearm in garage

Sunol man facing felony charges after shooting firearm in garage

A Panhandle man was arrested on four new charges while he was out on bond for alleged terroristic threats.

New Maverik gas station in Sidney scheduled to open January

New Maverik gas station in Sidney scheduled to open January

Maverik tears down a Sidney building to make room for a new 6,000-square-foot gas station on Upland Parkway and Old Post Road.

Driver arrested after crash kills one in Deuel County

Driver arrested after crash kills one in Deuel County

Officials said that they have arrested a New York man after a crash that killed a Scottsbluff woman late Saturday evening. 

Panhandle Community Center raises $160,000 for new playground

Panhandle Community Center raises $160,000 for new playground

After seven years of fundraising, a new playground is finished at The Cheyenne County Community Center.

Chadron Public Schools Confident In Safety Plan, Precautions

Chadron Public Schools Confident In Safety Plan, Precautions

While last month’s school shooting in Texas led many school districts around the country to hurriedly review their safety procedures and protocols, but not the Chadron Public Schools.

State college trustees freeze tuition again

State college trustees freeze tuition again

The Nebraska State College Trustees have frozen tuition for the second straight year and have dropped the non-resident undergraduate tuition rate to match the rate for residents.

NDOT announces $4.3 million in federal grants for Kimball and Sidney airports

NDOT announces $4.3 million in federal grants for Kimball and Sidney airports

$3.7 million was granted to the Kimball airport and $674,239 was granted to the Sidney airport.

Over 30 grams of meth found in Scottsbluff house

Over 30 grams of meth found in Scottsbluff house

A search warrant leads authorities to over 30 grams of meth.

11-year-old calls in a domestic disturbance to Scottsbluff Police

11-year-old calls in a domestic disturbance to Scottsbluff Police

A Scottsbluff man is facing Felony domestic abuse charges after an 11-year-old calls 911.

Math Science COIL reaches substantial completion

Math Science COIL reaches substantial completion

In early June, Chadron State College’s Math Science Center of Innovative Learning (COIL) reached substantial completion status.

17 fentanyl pills are found in a Scottsbluff business

17 fentanyl pills are found in a Scottsbluff business

A 30-year-old Gering man is arrested after unknowingly leaving narcotics behind at a gas station.

Wind Cave National Park goes cashless

Wind Cave National Park goes cashless

Wind Cave National Park is now officially cashless – at least for all transactions with the National Park Service such as cave tours and campground fees.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra Swings into Sidney on June 19th

The Glenn Miller Orchestra Swings into Sidney on June 19th

At 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19th, the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will bring its distinctive sound to Sidney when they present a Father's Day concert at the Sidney High School Performing Arts Center.

Authorities arrest dump truck driver involved in deadly crash in Nebraska Panhandle

Authorities arrest dump truck driver involved in deadly crash in Nebraska Panhandle

Two people were killed, and one person was arrested, in a two-vehicle crash near a construction zone in northern Morrill County at approximately 12:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. 

Sidney man wins best of show award and many other awards for taxidermy

Sidney man wins best of show award and many other awards for taxidermy

Frontier Arms Taxidermy is a local Sidney business that is a one-man show.

Minatare man held two people hostage with a knife

Minatare man held two people hostage with a knife

Gering police department was dispatched to Minatare in reference to a male holding people hostage with a knife.

Chadron School Board Votes To Auction Off Former Alpha School

Chadron School Board Votes To Auction Off Former Alpha School

The Chadron School Board has passed a resolution declaring the former Alpha School and its roughly 2-acre site as surplus and putting it up for auction with a minimum bid of $50,000.

Sidney City Council to discuss new E3 group

Sidney City Council to discuss new E3 group

During the city council meeting on Tuesday, June 14th, Oya Grill on Illinois Street was approved a liquor license and the E3 group announced they will be touring Sidney in September.

Chadron State Food Pantry serves more students

Chadron State Food Pantry serves more students

More students utilized the Chadron State College Food Pantry during the 2021-22 academic year, according to Project Coordinator Kate Pope.

Deuel County Clerk arrested following NSP investigation

Deuel County Clerk arrested following NSP investigation

A county clerk in the Panhandle has been arrested following an investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol.

Theft suspect caught on camera

Theft suspect caught on camera

The Sidney Police Department is asking for help identifying a man leaving a local business.

SPD: Over 100 fentanyl pills on 25-year-old outside of Maverik gas station

SPD: Over 100 fentanyl pills on 25-year-old outside of Maverik gas station

A South Dakota man was arrested after Scottsbluff Police reportedly found several different controlled substances in his truck.

Senator John Stinner receives an award for his work regarding mental health in Nebraska

Senator John Stinner receives an award for his work regarding mental health in Nebraska

State Senator John Stinner (District 48) from Gering, Nebraska was recognized for his work in mental health and substance use in Nebraska.

Portions of Panhandle dealing with degraded air quality

Portions of Panhandle dealing with degraded air quality

The National Weather Service announced an Air Quality Alert for southeast Wyoming until 9 p.m. Monday night.

Woman facing felony meth charges after public disturbance

Woman facing felony meth charges after public disturbance

Scottsbluff Police arrested a 26-year-old woman on meth charges.

Police find meth at Scottsbluff Motel

Police find meth at Scottsbluff Motel

Scottsbluff officers arrested a man after they found over a gram of meth in his hotel room.

Fatal accident near Bridgeport involves Sidney man

Fatal accident near Bridgeport involves Sidney man

The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating a fatality accident involving a Sidney man near Bridgeport on Saturday afternoon. 

Semi trailer fire closes Interstate 80 Saturday evening

Semi trailer fire closes Interstate 80 Saturday evening

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 were closed from Sidney to Lodgepole Saturday evening because of a fire in the rear of a semi trailer. 

Severe weather threat for western Nebraska Sunday

Severe weather threat for western Nebraska Sunday

Five years after the largest severe weather outbreak in recent memory, the Nebraska Panhandle is under the gun again for possible strong to severe thunderstorms Sunday.

Eight WNCC Students Receive Scholarships from Buckley Trust Grant

Eight WNCC Students Receive Scholarships from Buckley Trust Grant

Eight Western Nebraska Community College Sidney Campus students received scholarships recently from a $5,000 grant from the Thomas D. Buckley Trust.

California man wanted for murder arrested in Sidney

California man wanted for murder arrested in Sidney

SIDNEY, NE — A man from the west coast wanted for the murder of his wife is in custody after being found by authorities in Nebraska.

Wild cow milking highlights events at Kimball Ranch Rodeo Saturday

Wild cow milking highlights events at Kimball Ranch Rodeo Saturday

Kimball is preparing to host the 13th Annual Kimball Ranch Rodeo this weekend.

Downtown Sounds in Sidney

Downtown Sounds in Sidney

987 The Big Boy, Cheyenne County Country, Viaero Wireless, Cheyenne County Tourism and Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce presents Downtown Sounds, Sidney's free summer concert series!

$23 million grant awarded to Peetz Plateau School

$23 million grant awarded to Peetz Plateau School

The state of Colorado awarded Peetz Plateau School District a $23 million grant to make the necessary improvements to the school. 

A trespassing complaint in Mitchell led to an arrest on more than one offense

A trespassing complaint in Mitchell led to an arrest on more than one offense

Scotts Bluff County Sherriff’s Department arrived in rural Mitchell in regards to a trespassing complaint after a local farmer reported seeing individuals at a residence that has been vacant for years.

Sidney outdoor retailer hosting bullfighting on Saturday

Sidney outdoor retailer hosting bullfighting on Saturday

Nexgen Outfitters is hosting a freestyle bullfighting event at 7 p.m. Saturday at their retail location at 100 Commerce Court in Sidney.

Authorities investigating shooting at Rushville livestock barn

Authorities investigating shooting at Rushville livestock barn

Authorities are investigating a shooting at a livestock barn in Rushville that left one man in the hospital.

South Dakota man arrested after shooting at Rushville Sale Barn

South Dakota man arrested after shooting at Rushville Sale Barn

A South Dakota man is in custody in connection to a shooting in Rushville, the Nebraska State Patrol said Thursday.

Sidney to relive old west days at 18th Annual Gold Rush Days this weekend

Sidney to relive old west days at 18th Annual Gold Rush Days this weekend

Gold Rush Days is the perfect opportunity for children to learn about culture by getting to partake in different activities common in the late 1800’s

Sidney residents begin clean-up after severe storms drop large hail Tuesday

Sidney residents begin clean-up after severe storms drop large hail Tuesday

Sidney, and Cheyenne County, were placed in a severe thunderstorm warning at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday. The warning lasted for over an hour, dumping hail the size of half dollars to ping pong balls.

Scottsbluff man is behind bars for drug charges after police found him trespassing

Scottsbluff man is behind bars for drug charges after police found him trespassing

Authorities found methamphetamine and 68 grams of marijuana on a man after a trespassing call.

Sights and sounds: severe storms bring hail, heavy rain

Sights and sounds: severe storms bring hail, heavy rain

A severe weather threat that lasted nearly four hours across the Nebraska panhandle and northeast Colorado Tuesday afternoon brought large hail, heavy rain, landspouts and a reported tornado near Sedgwick.

Crazy Horse Ride Reaches Chadron

Crazy Horse Ride Reaches Chadron

The  25th annual Crazy Horse Ride from Fort Robinson State Park to Pine Ridge began Monday with the riders following the Crazy Horse Highway to Chadron, where they spent the night at the Dawes County Fairgrounds.

Police investigate stabbing in Chadron

Police investigate stabbing in Chadron

A Chadron man is in custody on $50,000 bail for allegedly stabbing another man the evening of Thursday, June 2, in a Chadron residence.